Big Shots: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons: The Photography of Guy Webster

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?There was no handbook to navigating the sixties,? admits Guy Webster. It was a time of newfound creative freedom during which any guidebook, had there been one, would have quickly been discarded. From this experiential culture emerged icons who continue to inspire us to this day. Los Angeles was a polestar for the music and entertainment that gave expression to this remarkable time, and Guy Webster, Nikon in hand, bore witness to it all. Webster, an L.A. native, saw his childhood stomping grounds become the ...
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Overview


“There was no handbook to navigating the sixties,” admits Guy Webster. It was a time of newfound creative freedom during which any guidebook, had there been one, would have quickly been discarded. From this experiential culture emerged icons who continue to inspire us to this day. Los Angeles was a polestar for the music and entertainment that gave expression to this remarkable time, and Guy Webster, Nikon in hand, bore witness to it all. Webster, an L.A. native, saw his childhood stomping grounds become the epicenter of a youthquake that not only shook up the music scene but also fashion, visual arts, and popular culture. With his controversial cover shot on the Mamas and the Papas’ first album, Webster firmly established his reputation as a photographer capable not only of capturing the emotional nuance of the era, but also of helping to define it. Musicians and actors—such as Simon & Garfunkel, Jack Nicholson, Bob Dylan, Jane Fonda, Jim Morrison, Natalie Wood, Janis Joplin, Raquel Welch, Jimi Hendrix, and Mick Jagger—are among the hundreds of personalities Webster shot before they were legends. In this definitive volume, their early creative worlds and intimate stories come alive on the page.
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Editorial Reviews

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“A fine collection and excellent retrospective. With both color and black and white images taken at myriad sites and in Webster’s studio, this book captures the vibe and ethos of its time, yet don’t seem at all dated. Webster has his own voice, and was able to photograph his subjects with an ease and naturalness that any photographer should aspire to. See it for yourself.”
Maximum Ink

“Every big shot will appreciate this hugely impressive “Big Shots” book gallery of iconic celebrity photos by Guy Webster who created some of the most memorable images from 1960s Hollywood.”
Pursuitist

“[Guy Webster’s] candid shots were audacious and revealing...So many of them were defining. Like the sepia one of a young Hush Puppy wearing Van Dyke Parks on the cover of Song Cycle. It’s perfect. It visually defines the artist as intensely as does the music...Webster’s cinema celebrity photographs are equally evocative and iconic.”
Analog Planet

"The Kubernik brothers' breathless, succinct summaries capture the era's momentous cultural changes, as well as the historic dynamic reflected in Webster's portraits."
PR Leap

“Beginning with his controversial cover shot of The Mamas and the Papas first album, Webster would go on to photograph musicians and actors...whose work would go on to indelibly shape the decade. Big Shots is a fascinating overview of one of rock photography’s early innovators, whose career spanned more than 40 years.”
BookTrib

“Guy Webster was the photographer of '60's counterculture, capturing intimate portraits of young talent like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Jack Nicholson before they became American legends...It's very glamorous and very rock n' roll.”
The Daily Beast

“Throughout his decades-long career, photographer Guy Webster has captured some of the most iconic figures in music, film and politics – from the Rolling Stones to Dean Martin to Bill Clinton – during their prime.”
RollingStone.com

"A thrill for anyone interested in the L.A. music and film scene of the ’60s and ’70s, when artists were breaking boundaries and building a new aesthetic...In this age of Instagram and Tumblr and Snapchat, Webster’s photos remind readers of the beauty of a timeless picture."
Variety

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608872404
  • Publisher: Insight Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 474,471
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 13.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


One of the early innovators of rock-and-roll photography, renowned photographer Guy Webster has spanned the worlds of music, film, and politics in a remarkable forty-year career. While shooting album covers and billboards for numerous groups—including the Rolling Stones, the Mamas and the Papas, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, the Doors, Simon & Garfunkel, and Chicago—he also photographed such film legends as Rita Hayworth, Dean Martin, and Natalie Wood. As the primary celebrity photographer for hundreds of magazines worldwide, Webster has captured a vast range of talent and luminaries, from Igor Stravinsky, Truman Capote, and Zubin Mehta to Barbra Streisand, Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Ted Danson. His presidential subjects include Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. He lives in Ojai, CA.

Harvey Kubernik has been a noted author, popular music journalist, and record producer for more than forty years. A former West Coast director of A&R for MCA Records, Kubernik is the author of several books, including Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon, A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival, It Was 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Invade America and Hollywood, and Turn Up the Radio! Rock, Pop, and Roll in Los Angeles 1956–1972. He lives in Los Angeles.

Kenneth Kubernik’s work has been featured in Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, and the Los Angeles Times. He co-authored (with Harvey Kubernik) A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival and served as an editorial consultant on Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon. He lives in Los Angeles.

Brian Wilson is one of popular music’s most revered figures. As the creative force behind the Beach Boys, he co-wrote and produced nine consecutive gold albums featuring some of the most cherished and innovative recordings in rock history. In recent years, he has taken center stage in a series of critically acclaimed live performances, including the sold-out Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE and Pet Sounds tours. He recently announced that he was returning to Capitol Music Group, where he is currently recording and self-producing his 11th solo studio album at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios.

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